TAROM has agreed to take nine ATR 72-600s on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital. The new aircraft are to replace seven ATR 42-500s and a pair of ATR 72-500s, enabling the Romanian carrier to offer an additional 330,000 seats annually.
Deliveries of the new Franco-Italian turboprops are scheduled to begin in October, with a full complement due to have been handed over by 2021. TAROM is a long-standing customer, having first received an ATR aircraft in December 1996. It has been very successful in using ATRs throughout its domestic network to compete with low cost carriers, benefitting from up to 40% less fuel burn compared with regional jets.
This upgrade will ensure that the airline is equipped with the latest generation of turboprops burning 40% less fuel and emitting 40% less CO2 than regional jets.
The carrier’s CEO, Madalina Mezei said: “We have selected ATR after a comprehensive review of competing aircraft, with the ATR 72-600s demonstrating they are the best aircraft to meet our ambitious targets regarding efficiency, modern technology and environmental responsibility. [We] will be able to develop new routes and increase frequency and seat availability, whilst introducing the highest levels of comfort and the latest technology into our domestic network.”
Stefano Bortoli, ATR CEO, added: “TAROM is among Europe’s most experienced ATR operators. We are proud to see this long-time customer renew its partnership with the ATR 72-600.”